Glasgow Man suffers Fatal Accident in a Swimming Pool in Spain
Brian Nicol was using the pool at his privately arranged villa on Easter Sunday morning when his friends noticed he was in difficulty and desperately attempted to save him. By the time paramedics arrived at the scene there was nothing that could be done to save Mr Nicol.
Early indications suggest that the death was due to a tragic accident involving the villa’s pool and investigators are attempting to determine whether the drowning was due to a blow to the head or digestion problems that prevented him from swimming.
According to the Mail Online, sources close to the investigation suggest that the victim had dived into the pool a couple of times and on the third time he failed to resurface.
Paul Stevens, Group Travel Litigation Manager for Simpson Millar advised:
“I am sure the friends and relatives of Brian Nicol will want to establish promptly what happened. This certainly is a tragic accident which highlights the hazards of swimming pool use.”
The incident occurred in Nueva Andalucia, close to Marbella and Puerto Banus which are popular destinations for UK holiday makers.
The lawyers at Simpson Millar’s Holiday Claims Division have been involved in a number of claims involving swimming pool accidents some fatalities. They offer the following guidance for swimming pool use in foreign destinations:
- Always observe any literature or warning signs about the swimming pool before use – remember that every pool is different
- Non-slip materials are not always used and the presence of water can reduce the slip resistant qualities of the pool surround. Care should be taken when walking around and entering swimming pools
- There may be hidden hazards within the pool such as raised platforms or steps, broken light fittings and exposed filtration units. Swimmers should not assume that the pool will be in perfect condition
- Check the side of the pool for depth markings. If there are not depth markings, this should be addressed with the holiday representative
- Check that the access ladder for entering the pool is secure and that all steps are present. Many injuries are sustained when they become loose or the steps are broken
- Lifeguards may not always be present so competent swimmers should always look out for those that are less able
- Never swim alone
- Never run or jump or push others into a swimming pool. Before diving or sliding, check to be sure that other swimmers are out of the way
- Make sure there are rescue devices and first aid supplies near the pool
- Check the pool for cleanliness and good maintenance – never swim in a cloudy or dirty pool or you may risk exposure to sickness or diarrhea.
For advice about injuries and accidents at swimming pools at overseas hotel, a travel lawyer at Simpson Millar LLP can be contacted today. Simpson Millar have experience of handling claims relating to swimming pool injuries in Spain, Greece, Turkey, Egypt and Tunisia.